What’s Going on With the Weather?

What’s Going on With the Weather? is a fictional story describing the weather observations and investigations that a young girl named Toby makes as she moves from Boston to San Francisco one summer. As soon as she begins her new life in San Francisco, Toby notices that the weather is quite different from the summer weather she left behind in Boston. She begins with questions about why this is so, and ends up learning a great deal about the weather patterns in both San Francisco and Boston. This book models a realistic investigation that a student might undertake. In the Weather and Water unit, Toby’s investigations serve to model an actual investigation students will do in subsequent sessions.